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The Discovery of Middle Earth: Mapping the Lost World of the Celtsby Graham Robb
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At the end of the Iron Age, the 600-year-old civilization of the Celts stretched from the Black Sea to Scotland. It had produced some of the finest artistic and scientific masterpieces of the ancient world. But in 58 BC, Julius Caesar marched over the Alps, bringing Roman civilization in the form of slavery and genocide. Some Druids (the Celtic intelligentsia) fled to Britain to organize a desperate and ultimately futile resistance there.
While planning a bicycling trip along the Heraklean Way, the ancient route from Portugal to the Alps, Graham Robb made a discovery opening a door to that lost world. Through celestial mathematics, Druids had organized the geography of Europe and Britain into a grid of “solstice lines” — including meridians and latitudes — that determined the placement of towns, temples, roads, and battles, and the pathways of tribal migrations. This amazing book is the story of what Robb found and what it means.
Book News Annotation:
Robb employs a novelistic style to tell this Celtic history. Narrating his own historical research process, he draws on Herodotus, Caesar, and other ancient sources to illustrate his findings. Part one focuses on geography, trade routes, and the repeated place-nam“Mediolanu” translatable a“middle eart” Part two explores the scientific and cultural knowledge of the Celts, particularly the Druids. Part three discusses myth, religion, military dynamics, and the Roman takeover of Gaul. A final section gathers evidence on the persistence of Celtic culture into the Roman era, and its continuing influence on Europe. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
How the scientific and technological genius of the Druids created the earliest known accurate map of the world.
About the Author
Graham Robb is the author of three prize-winning biographies, each one selected as a New York Times Best Book of the Year. His most recent books are The Discovery of France and Parisians. He lives on the Anglo-Scottish border.
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